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NSF - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the Nation's scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instrumentation. The MRI Program enables research-intensive learning environments that promote the development of a diverse workforce and next generation instrumentation, as well as facilitates academic/private sector partnerships. Among the goals of the MRI Program are:

  • Supporting the acquisition of major state-of-the-art instrumentation, thereby improving access to, and increased use of, modern research and research training instrumentation by a diverse workforce of scientists, engineers, and graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Fostering the development of the next generation of instrumentation, resulting in new instruments that are more widely used, and/or open up new areas of research and research training.
  • Enabling academic departments, disciplinary and cross-disciplinary units, and multi-organizationa collaborations to create well-equipped research environements that integrate research with education.
  • Supporting the acquisition and development of instrumentation that contributes to, or takes advantage of, existing investements in cyberinfrastructure, while avoiding duplication of services already provisioned by NSF investments.
  • Promoting substantive and meaningful partnerships for instrument development between that academic and private sectors. Such parternships have the potential to build capacity for instrument development in academic settings and to create new products with wide scientific and commercial impact.

Important Deadlines:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) - Due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time.

February 21, 2013

January 23, 2014

Fourth Thursday in January, Annually Thereafter.


Additional resources.

MRI Guidelines

MRI Homepage